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The World's Ugliest Color Examined By Graphic Design Experts

Researchers found Pantone 448C to be highly unappealing, and chose it for cigarette packaging in Australia to deter smokers. It has since been called the "world's ugliest color" by bloggers, but some experts disagree. When market research...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Has Exactly 3 Positive Things To Say About America

The New York Times visualized the presidential nominees' respective convention speeches. Guess who skewed more negative? Now that both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions are behind us, the New York Times has released a series of visualizations that compare the tone and content of the nominees' respective speeches. Show More Summary

This Beautiful Carbon-Neutral "Leather" Is Grown From Mushrooms

Your leather jacket could come from plant waste soon. It looks and feels like leather, and it's the size of a cowhide. But a new sample of material at a startup's office in San Francisco came from mushrooms, not a factory farm. In a year or two, you might be wearing it on your feet. Read Full Story

Brag About How Many Books You've Read With This Scratch-Off Chart

Be honest, though. How many have you actually read? Look, I don't like to brag, but as a professional writer, I read a lot of books. Not tweets, or Facebook statuses, or Instagram captions, but honest to god booooooooooks: those thick...Show More Summary

The Beautiful World Of Custom-Car Design

Gestalten publishes a beautiful car bible for the real-life fast and furious. What is a car? For people like me, it's a thing you rent occasionally for road trips, or to take your elderly mother to Home Depot. We don't really care about...Show More Summary

A Marimekko Designer Turns Her Hand To Book Covers, And They're Lovely

For a new series of reissued Virginia Woolf books, Vintage Classics tapped illustrator Aino-Maija Metsola to design evocative covers. You would be forgiven for not naturally associating the work of Virginia Woolf with the cult Finnish textile company Marimekko. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Enlists 45 Top Designers To Create Buttons

The Forty-Five Pin Project revives the century-old campaign tradition. Here are our favorites. We've seen our fair share of inventive political posters these past two weeks, but one piece of campaign paraphernalia has thus far been flying under the radar: the campaign button. Read Full Story

10 Of The Summer's Best New Design Books

From coffee table tomes to glossy monographs—and one of the most talked about comics this year. It's late July: school is out, the heat is oppressive, and summer vacation-brain is imminent. It's a great time to catch up on your reading and, luckily, there are plenty new books out this summer for design fans. Read Full Story

Moleskine Has Opened A Cafe. Doodlers Welcome

The famed notebook maker's latest creativity-celebrating venture revolves around coffee. Tucked inside every Moleskine notebook is a slip of paper that tells the brand's history. Picasso, Hemingway, and Matisse famously sketched, wrote,...Show More Summary

In Amsterdam, Researchers Are Testing A Flower Grown To Suck Up Smog

A new type of honeysuckle, called Green Junkie, may work as an urban air filter. Next to a busy residential street in Amsterdam, a series of plant-filled tubes is part of a new experiment that asks: Can specially grown flowers suck more smog from the air? Read Full Story

This Delightful App Shows Kids How Skyscrapers Really Work

Tinybop's new app illustrates high-rise engineering by showing, not telling. Recently, a lucky photographer got a once-in-a-lifetime shot: A bolt of lightning striking the Empire State Building. I happened to be with my godson at the time it happened, so I showed him the picture. His first question: Where did the lightning go? Read Full Story

Reminder: American Politics Is Still Mostly Dudes, And That's A Problem

There's still a ways to go when it comes to gender equality in whom we elect. A video from FiveThirtyEight breaks it down. At the Democratic National Convention this week, there has hardly been a speech that doesn't mention Hillary Clinton's historic position. Show More Summary

Turn Your MacBook Into A Stone-Cold Stunner With These Marble Decals

Uniqfind's vinyl skins are marbleous. Marble has been prized for centuries for its innate beauty and has captivated creatives for just as long. At the hands of Greek sculptors it can look as supple as flesh, artists can make it as fluid as water, and architects can make it take on the guise of a delicate bloom. Show More Summary

Brainstorming Is Dumb

Studies show it produces fewer good ideas than when people think on their own. Thankfully, there's a better way to work in groups. If you work in an office, your boss has probably forced you into a brainstorming session or two (or 12). Show More Summary

David Bowie Loved The Memphis Group

The rock icon, who quietly collected over 400 pieces of art before his death, even met with Ettore Sottsass. "Art was, seriously, the only thing I'd ever wanted to own," David Bowie told the New York Times in a 1988 interview. Although...Show More Summary

The First Truly Awesome Chatbot Is A Talking T. Rex

National Geographic uses a virtual Tyrannosaur to teach kids about dinosaurs—and succeeds where other chatbots fail. As some have declared chatbots to be the "next webpage," brands have scrambled to develop their own talkative bots, letting you do everything from order a pizza to rewrite your resume. Show More Summary

Virgin America's New App Puts A Travel Agent In Your Pocket

The airline's new app by Work & Co launches in beta this week. Travel agents were among the first casualties of the Internet age, rendered obsolete by websites that let travelers select and book their own flights. But considering how...Show More Summary

The Obama Library Finally Has A Site: Chicago's Storied Jackson Park

The future library and museum will be built in Olmsted's famous park on the South Side of the city. President Obama has chosen Chicago's Jackson Park to be the location of his presidential center, a source familiar with the decision-making process confirmed to Co.Design. Read Full Story

The Surprisingly Subversive Typography Of Star Trek

With Star Trek Beyond now in theaters, it's worth remembering how its logo once served as a political statement. For over 50 years, the Star Trek franchise has been exploring fonts that boldly go where no typographer has gone before....Show More Summary

The Posters Of The Democratic National Convention

Bernie Sanders inspired many more creative, handmade signs than Hillary Clinton. After a tumultuous Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Democrats took the stage in Philadelphia against a backdrop of a second email scandal and pro-Bernie Sanders protesters, who channeled their outrage through handmade posters. Show More Summary

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